With its angular shape and interesting design, the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K quickly stands out as one of the more interesting high-end drones that money can buy.
What makes it especially appealing, however, is that there is clearly more to this complex model than its looks. In fact, this drone seems to have as much to offer within the transmitter as the drone itself, with that Android-powered ten channel controller and 1080p navigation screen. There is clearly a lot for users to get used to here, and some definite pros and cons are being seen.
Design And Controls
As this drone is being sold a model for aerial photography and ground imaging, it is important to look at the different features that are being offered to produce the best quality images and videos.
The 12mp camera is fixed to a CGO3 removable gimbal with an 115-degree field of view, has an aerial optimized fixed focus for increased stability and can create HD 4K video.
All files can then be stored on the microSD to be transferred to a laptop or PC at a later date for editing. If users wish to save space or feel that 4K is too much for a project, there is the opportunity to reduce the quality while maintaining the frame rate.
One of the more unusual features of this camera is the fact that it can be detached completely and added to the steady grip for hand-held filming.
There are some great reviews about the image quality offered by this drone. Quality will depend on speed, focus and the skill of the operator, but there is the potential for some sharp images and impressive HD video streams.
The image can get a little blurry at the outer edge of the frame, but not to the degree of some lesser models. Switching from automatic to manual mode can help here.
You do need to adapt the settings to a higher level, which can lead to more errors, but it does allow for more personalized control over the final image. One last benefit worth noting here is that the wide lens does not produce the usual fish-eye distortion that some users may be used to.
Another reason that this Yuneec model is seen as such a great model for photography is the stability of the flight. Users can cruise the skies with ease to capture a steady stream of footage without too many concerns about shaky images or poor quality shots.
With a steady hand and some practice, buyers can get the shots they need with a fluid motion and even take the drone to speeds up to 18mph.
This is all made a lot easier with the design of that high-end transmitter. All the flight and camera controls are contained nicely in one easy-to-use remote, and the first-person view in the navigation screen is particularly helpful.
On top of this, the drone has the long battery life and strong flight capabilities that are needed for a long, reliable flight across the landscape. The product can reach a maximum altitude of 1968.5 feet at a rate of 6.5 feet per second, and it can be up there for as long as 25 minutes – although this depends on the demands on the battery.
Because this is such a high-end model with so much potential in its abilities, some buyers have been a little disappointed by the use of plastic.
There are definite pros and cons to this choice of material. Plastic does help to keep the weight of the device down a little (the full weight being 60oz), and there is a sense of durability that is reassuring when carrying out those test flights.
The problem is that it can detract from the design a little bit. One of the selling points of this model over some of its competitors is the professional look of this aerodynamic drone; plastic just makes it feel a little cheap.
On the subject of the weight and size of this model, there are also comments being made about its portability. The model measures 22.2 inches from tip to tip, which is impressive when it is up in the air, but this can mean that it is a little harder to transport than some of the more compact models.
The same can be said for the controller. To pack in all those features and channels, including that 5in touchscreen, the makers have had to ensure that this is a large device. It is full of buttons and controls, which can be confusing at first, but they all have their worth.
This size is increased by the inclusion of screen to shade the screen from bright sunlight. Thankfully, there is also a neck strap to help users reduce some of the strain.
There are also some aspects of the functions and controls that some buyers would like to improve. One of the biggest issues for filmmakers is the representation of the image on the screen.
The colors are not always accurate, and they can distort. This can sometimes lead buyers to overcompensate on the white balance control when it is not always needed. There are also some great tracking applications, but no support for waypoint navigation.
Should Keen Flyers Spend A Little Extra For This High-Tech Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K?
This drone is going to be a bit too complicated for everyone, especially with all those channels and additional controls on the massive transmitter, but all these features have some worth for keen aerial photographers.
Typhoon Q500 4K may not be the best option for beginner drone lovers, and there are sure to be mixed reactions to the use of plastic and some of the features, but it clearly stands out from the crowd with the quality of the images and the extra considerations with the camera and viewing screen. The buyers that want a long flight time and stable image could do a lot worse.